June 19th, 2009


An Amazing Family: Surfwise

Dave and I watched Surfwise last night...wow, just wow. Lots of food for thought. Amazing family despite the lifestyle. Good discussion of how difficult re-entry into society was.

Some of the boys were quite musically talented and have recording careers. I'll have to look up their music now.

Most of the kids lamented their lack of education. No real attempt was even made to home school, which would have enabled them to go to college if done well. Since "Doc" made so much of being a Stanford graduate, he was qualified to teach if he had chosen to. I guess that would have cut into his surfing time and his view of himself as being like the animals. (rolls eyes) I saw many parallels to my first husband in this film. The back to nature bit, the fanatical food bit, the avoidance of conventional medicine (unless severe injury happens), the rigidity of thinking and the need to be in control were all there. Occasionally he had a valid point to make in the film--but the implementation of his ideas left much to be desired.

My one quibble with the film was that some issues could have been explored in more depth and some questions I would have asked were not asked. Although Juliette, the mom, says briefly that she was pregnant and nursing for ten years and has mostly blocked that out, I would have liked to have drawn her out more about what HER typical days were like. Also, how DID they feed the family before they got the idea later for their surfing camps? How did they come up with gas money? They were surfing all day every day, where did it come from? Although "Doc" or Dorian talks obliquely about his violence (you have to master yourself before you try to master your children or some such quote), I'd like to explore where it came from and how he thinks about it today. Also, if he's so devoted to the lifestyle and being animal-like, why is he now living in a condo in Hawaii rather than in a camper? If it was good enough for his children and wife, it should still be good enough for him.

The daughter, Navah, is truly awesome. "I'm not one of the brothers. I don't have a penis." LOL

I was left thinking, anyone can drop out of society. It takes more guts to stay in and try to change it.

Books for Africa

CNN had an article today entitled Africa's Hidden Famine. This story got me because I am horrified by the idea that children anywhere might lack access to books!

If you have books that fit their criteria, you can mail books to the warehouse at Books For Africa, a nonprofit that helps fill the desperate need for text books and recreational reading in Africa.

Info from the site:

Please send all book donations to the BFA warehouse:

Books For Africa Warehouse-Atlanta
2971 Olympic Industrial Drive SE, Suite C
Smyrna, GA 30080 USA

Books For Africa accepts:

* 10 years old or newer popular fiction and nonfiction reading books (soft and hard cover).
* 10 years old or newer primary, secondary, and college textbooks (soft and hard cover).
* 1995 or newer reference books such as encyclopedias and dictionaries.
* 10 years old or newer medical, nursing, IT, and law books.
* Bibles are sent when requested by African recipients.
* School/office supplies—paper, pencils, pens, wall charts, maps, etc.

Acceptable books are gently used and relevant to an African reader.
Books For Africa does NOT accept:

* Magazines or journals or any kind.
* Home decorating, wedding, or cookbooks.
* Ethnocentric books, such as the biography of Abraham Lincoln or the history of Ohio.
* Foreign language books except for French books. French novels and dictionaries are welcome.
* American history or civics.
* Music books for K–12.

Currently, it costs 50 cents to ship each book to Africa. Please consider making a financial donation to cover the costs of shipping the books you donate. Please send financial donations separately in an envelope to the BFA office: Books For Africa, 253 East 4th Street, Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55101, USA. Or make a donation online.

Happy Birthday To You!

I want to wish Happy Birthday to litlebanana and also Happy Graduation! Good luck with your move and getting settled in your new home. And thank you once again for the incredible collection of baby clothes for my little Zaman.

Bright Blessings!